§ Matthew Taylor
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff the Department employs on a temporary basis through employment agencies; what percentage this is of total staff employed; and how much the Department paid employment agencies to supply temporary staff in(a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03 and (c) 2003–04 to the most recent date for which figures are available. 
§ Ruth Kelly
HM Treasury presently employs around 30 staff at any one time through employment agencies, some 3 per cent. of the total employed. Payments to such agencies were £788,000 in 2001–02; £927,000 in 2002–03; and £983,000 in the first 11 months of 2003–04.